The 2014 Red Carpet Corridor Festival weekend is fast approaching. Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th will be two days filled with activities all along historic Route 66 – From Joliet in the north to Towanda in the south. In Pontiac, there are quite a few special presentations and events planned. The events scheduled will proceed as much as possible regardless of the weather.
On both Saturday and Sunday, the Trunkn’ Treasure sale will bring sellers and buyers of used items to the city’s parking lot located south of the courthouse. Registration is required for sellers, and those wanting to sell their used products should contact Rebecca at the Walldog Museum for information - (815) 842-1848.
Saturday’s activities will begin at the Pontiac Municipal Airport with a 7 AM to 11 AM Pancake Breakfast. Along with delicious food, youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 can sign up to take a free airplane ride under auspices of the Young Eagles Flights program. Parents must accompany the kids in order to sign releases. There are a limited number of flights available, so be sure to arrive and sign in early.
The Pontiac Recreation Center will host the ever-popular Touch-A-Truck event starting Saturday morning from 10 AM to Noon. There will be a wide variety of commercial vehicles on display for kids to explore. Included in the Touch-A-Truck fleet will be a fire engine, tow truck, tractor, and many others. The Recreation center is located at 900 North Elm Street in Pontiac. For additional information on the Touch-A-Truck, phone: (815) 844-6818.
The downtown Pontiac area will be showcasing two car clubs over the course of the weekend. The GTO Cruising Tigers will grace the streets on Saturday, and on Sunday the Illinois Corvette Club will be in attendance for Sunday’s festivities. Both clubs hail from the Chicagoland area.
Members of the Central Chapter (Pontiac, IL) of the Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS) will sponsor and participate in a “sidewalk poetry event” on Saturday and Sunday. Local poets will write their poetic works in chalk at selected locations throughout downtown area. Sidewalk poetry is a way of sharing and advancing the rich literary tradition that poetry represents, while incorporating something fun and unexpected into our everyday lives. In this way poetry can be shared with our local residents as well as visitors.
On Saturday night, the Vermillion Players will present their new musical revue, On the Road Again: Mother Road, That Is! The musical entertainment is a musical trip on Route 66 from Chicago to California. There will be songs from the 1950s, 60s, & 70s. The performance will take place in the Chautauqua Park Pavilion and begin at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
The Pontiac Community Art Center's Gallery will present a new art show entitled "Red Light District" in keeping with May's Red Carpet Corridor Events. The Center's artist members have been invited to create a piece inspired by the show's title, in the medium of their choice. This is the third annual show connecting Livingston count artists with Red Carpet Corridor. These special pieces will be on display in the Center from May 1 through 26th. The public is welcome to visit the center's shop and see the show in the gallery. The Community Art Center is located at 103 West Madison Street and the hours of operation are 10-5 Monday -Friday and 10 -4, Saturday and Sunday.
The City of Pontiac is asking anyone interested in volunteering for this or future civic events to contact Ellie Alexander at (815) 844-5847. Volunteers are needed to help guide visitors, to work as guides in the museums, and to help greet visiting groups. There are plenty of opportunities to help introduce our fine city to the visitors from around the world who come here.